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1. My God, I love thee, not because I hope for heaven thereby, nor yet because, if I love not, I must forever die. 2. Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me upon the cross embrace; for me didst bear the nails and spear and manifold disgrace. 3. Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, should I not love thee well? Not for the sake of winning heaven, nor of escaping hell. 4. Not with the hope of gaining aught, not seeking a reward, but as thyself hast loved me, O everlasting Lord. 5. So would I love thee, dearest Lord, and in thy praise will sing; because thou art my loving God and my eternal King.
17th cent. Latin;
trans. by Edward Caswall
Est's The Whole Booke of Psalmes;
harm. from Hymns Ancient and Modern